Last Wednesday a small group from Project Ability took a trip to The War Poets Collection in Napier University, Edinburgh.
Craiglockhart was originally built as a hydropathic retreat for the upper classes, it was taken over by the government in 1916 and used as a hospital during the First World War. It was here that some of Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) and Siegfried Sassoon’s (1886-1967) greatest war poetry was inspired and written.
The group were told that the officers had a hospital newspaper, The Hydra, and were often encouraged to take part in activities and enjoy the Arts. The museum houses over 800 artefacts, photos and newsletters as well as many books about the hospital’s history. Unfortunately the rain was bad on the day of the visit and so the group was unable to recreate the photo of the residents and staff outside the main door! The visit was a wonderful experience and well worth a visit.
The War Poets Collection is on permanent display and open to all members of the public for self-guided visits. Find out more here.
The War Poets Collection is a Lottery Heritage Fund Project.